By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to provide a base of expansion for the military when the necessity arises.
According to Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, AFP commander of Joint Task Force – NCR, said that the agreement is a significant milestone and cooperation to achieve a common goal as it will also allow the conduct of basic military training for the city’s residents who want to join the Citizen Armed Force.
“The mission of the Citizen Armed Force, alternately referred to as the Reserve Force, is to provide base for the expansion of the AFP in the event of war, invasion or rebellion, to assist in relief and rescue during disaster or calamities; to assist in socio-economic development; and to assist in the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission,” Arrojado, quoting the MoU. Said.
Moreover, the agreement provides that the Quezon City government shall fund the administrative and official requirements for the registration, canvassing and acceptance of qualified registrants for Compulsory Citizen Military Registration and Training to be assisted by JTF-NCR through the major service reserve commands.
Reservist-hopefuls can register at the pilot district and barangays through the registering officers to be designated by the QC government. The QC Acceptance Board will screen, select and publish names of registrants who will undergo Citizen Military Training.
In addition, the city will also provide the physical and medical examination of qualified army reserves and conduct information dissemination in the barangays.
Meanwhile, Arrojado has expressed his gratitude to Bautista for implementing the Section 14 of Republic Act 7077 also known as “An act providing for the development, administration, organization, training, maintenance and unitization of the Citizen Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”
“I would like to express a sincere thanks to Mayor Herbert Bautista in making this agreement a reality in goodwill, clear ambitions and strong commitment to work together. I look forward for taking this next step (training of the Citizen Armed Force) as a common goal,” says Arrojado.